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Inward Investment

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what levels of inward investment have been made in each Northern Ireland constituency in the last five years. [11125]

Angela E. Smith: The following table shows inward investment supported by Invest Northern Ireland and its predecessor The Industrial Development Board in each of the last five years.
Invest NI inward investment by parliamentary constituency 2000–01 to 2004–05

Total investment (£)
Parliamentary constituency2000–012001–022002–032003–042004–05Grand total
Belfast East1,100,00022,743,000034,288,61310,614,87268,746,485
Belfast North21,897,00015,588,363013,500,000459,85251,445,215
Belfast South18,233,691834,0004,047,00041,323,65124,831,21489,269,556
Belfast West2,691,00023,947,0002,958,0009,719,97321,350,00060,665,973
East Antrim164,394,0006,922,0005,387,000903,0007,979,000185,585,000
East Londonderry34,011,000001,131,07010,00035,152,070
Fermanagh and South Tyrone693,50012,444,6407,884,6153,943,3603,799,50028,765,615
Lagan Valley02,446,600001,051,0003,497,600
Mid Ulster001,391,65010,22622,596,84623,998,722
Newry and Armagh5,000,0000914,028005,914,028
North Antrim2,506,00010,000,0000.014,441,0006,500,00033,447,000
North Down0263,0001,575,0001,185,0005,332,0008,355,000
South Antrim066,345,000505,00026,15514,339,76081,215,915
South Down011,794,65900011,794,659
Upper Bann1,529,20016,273,76037,854,12212,832,75735,978,370104,468,209
West Tyrone1,263,00027,676,3009,334,0004,381,5454,442,50047,097,345
Yet to be determined000014,370,00014,370,000
Grand total264,676,391231,384,958166,724,793149,386,044210,817,4141,022,989,600

1.2004–05 figures are provisional and may be subject to change.
2.Projects in the 'Yet To Be Determined' category have not yet agreed upon a final location.
3.2000–01 and 2001–02 relate to IDB, 2002–03, 2003–04 and 2004–05 relate to Invest NI

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Irish Hare

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2005, Official Report, column 849W, on hare coursing, if he will delay a decision on any licence applications until he has assessed the results of the survey of the Irish hare population. [11532]

Angela E. Smith: Lord Rooker, the Minister with responsibility for this issue in Northern Ireland, will consider the population estimate of the Irish hare reported in the 2005 survey, along with data from other contemporary surveys, before making his decision on any licence application to net hares for the purpose of coursing.

Junior Doctors

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide funding to assist junior doctors with unavoidable expenses they incur through their training. [11792]

Mr. Woodward: Funding is provided by the employer to assist junior doctors with travelling, subsistence and in some instances removal expenses throughout their training. Expenses that may be payable are set out in the Terms and Conditions Handbook for Hospital Medication and Dental Staff and Doctors in Public Health Medicine and Community Health Service".

MMR Vaccines

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many MMR vaccines were purchased by each health board in Northern Ireland in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05. [11673]

Mr. Woodward: The number of vaccines used in each Health and Social Services Board area in Northern Ireland in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05 were as set out in the following table. The vaccines are actually purchased by Health and Personal Social Services Trusts and for the purpose of this table have been allocated to the relevant board.
Health and Social Services Board2003–042004–05

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Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many MMR vaccines the Department for Health has committed to purchasing solely for use in Northern Ireland for 2005. [11784]

Mr. Woodward: Northern Ireland participates in the National Contract for Childhood Vaccines. Contacts are awarded for MMR vaccines based on the anticipated requirements for the whole of the UK population. Northern Ireland draws MMR vaccines supplies from the UK central stockholding on a demand basis. Northern Ireland is not therefore committed to a defined volume of vaccine for 2005.

NHS (Overseas Workers)

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many individuals from overseas are working within the NHS in the Province, broken down by profession and nationality; [11772]

(2) how many individuals from sub-Saharan Africa are employed within the NHS, broken down by profession. [11794]

Mr. Woodward: Information is not available in the format requested.

Police Complaints

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been received by the Police Ombudsman in each year since the creation of the office. [11666]

Mr. Woodward: The figures the hon. Gentleman has requested are found on page 17 of the Annual Report and Statement of Accounts of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, April 2004 to March 2005, copies of which have been placed in the Library. It is also available on the Police Ombudsman website

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of the complaints received by the Police Ombudsman have resulted in a prosecution against members of the (a) RUC and (b) Police Service Northern Ireland. [11670]

Mr. Woodward: The Police Ombudsman's office advises that the information is not held in the format requested, however, the Ombudsman has made 65 recommendations for prosecution against police officers to the Director of Public Prosecutions from the
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establishment of the office on 6 November 2000 until 31 March 2005. In the same period the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed 30 charges while a number of files await direction.

Rath behind the Grange

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will act to protect the Rath behind the Grange in Warringstown, County Down; and for what reasons a survey by the archaeological service was not undertaken prior to a decision on planning permission for development. [11364]

Angela E. Smith: The Rath or defended farmstead dated from the early Christian period, around AD 600–900. Prior to 1930, the Rath had largely been levelled by agricultural activity. A majority of the surviving below ground remains of its archaeological deposits were destroyed during the construction of a housing development in the summer of 2001 when the developer failed to implement planning conditions seeking to have archaeological remains investigated and recorded. Nothing remains at this location to be protected.

It is important to note that under the 'Polluter Pays Principle' it is for the developer to undertake archaeological recording—not the Department.


Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been allocated for nicotine replacement therapies in the last three years in Northern Ireland. [11783]

Mr. Woodward: The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety does not allocate resources exclusively for nicotine replacement therapies (NRT). However, since 1999, the Department has made additional resources available to health and social services boards for the development of smoking cessation services across Northern Ireland. The amounts allocated for the last three financial years are as follows:
Amount allocated (£)

NRT products are available either as over the counter" medicines or on prescription and may form part of the smoking cessation service offered to clients. Details of NRT prescription costs over the last three years for which figures are available are set out as follows.
Prescription costs (£ million)

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the prevalence of smoking has
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been among teenagers in Northern Ireland over the past two decades, broken down by gender. [12071]

Mr. Woodward: The Continuous Household Survey provides the estimated prevalence of smoking among the population in Northern Ireland aged 16 and over. The following table shows the smoking prevalence for teenagers aged 16–19 from 1983 to 2002–03. Since 1986 questions on smoking have been asked biennially on the Continuous Household Survey.
Prevalence of cigarette smoking among teenagers aged 16–19 in Northern Ireland, 1983 to 2002–03

Cigarette smokers

Continuous Household Survey 1983 to 2002–03.

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